Julia Fiona Roberts

December 12th, 2010

Julia Roberts was born on October 28, 1967. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, which grossed $464 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias in 1990 and Pretty Woman in 1991, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Her films My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day, The Pelican Brief, Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2.4 billion, making her one of the most successful actors in terms of box office receipts. Roberts had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Betty Lou and Walter Grady Roberts. Her parents were Baptist and Catholic. Her older brother, Eric Roberts, and sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. Roberts’ parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. While her mother was pregnant with Julia, she and her husband ran an acting school for children in Decatur, Georgia.

Roberts’ mother filed for divorce in 1971, with the divorce being finalized early in 1972. The family moved to Smyrna, Georgia in 1972, where Roberts attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School and Campbell High School. Her mother re-married to Michael Motes and had another daughter. Roberts’ father died of cancer when she was ten.

In school, Roberts played clarinet in the band. She wanted to be a veterinarian as a child. After graduating from Smyrna’s Campbell High School, she headed to New York to join her brother and sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and pursue a career in acting by joining acting classes. She reverted to her original name “Julia Roberts”. Her niece Emma Roberts, whom Julia used to take to movie sets when she was a young girl, has joined her father and aunts in the acting business.

Roberts’ personal life has been in the spotlight. She has had reported romantic relationships with numerous famous men, including Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Kiefer Sutherland, Lyle Lovett, Matthew Perry, and Benjamin Bratt. She was briefly engaged to McDermott, her Steel Magnolias co-star. In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding. Roberts subsequently went to Ireland with Jason Patric. On June 27, 1993, she married country singer Lyle Lovett. The wedding took place at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana. In March 1995, the couple separated, and subsequently divorced. In 1998, Roberts began dating Law & Order star Benjamin Bratt, and he was her escort for the March 25, 2001 Academy Awards ceremony at which she won her Oscar. Three months later, in June 2001, Roberts and Bratt announced that they were no longer a couple. Roberts met her current husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, on the set of her movie The Mexican in 2001. At the time, Moder was married to Vera Steimberg Moder. He and Roberts wed on July 4, 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. Together, they have three children, twins Hazel Patricia Moder and Phinnaeus “Finn” Walter Moder (born November 28, 2004) and Henry Daniel Moder (born June 18, 2007). Roberts disclosed in an 2010 interview for Elle magazine that she is practicing Hinduism. Julia Roberts is a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). A picture of Neem Karoli Baba drew Roberts to Hinduism.

 

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